Rotimi Akeredolu dies… 10 things to know about Ondo governor

 Rotimi Akeredolu dies… 10 things to know about Ondo governor

Rotimi Akeredolu (late), affectionately known as Aketi, served as a distinguished legal practitioner and beloved politician. Born on July 21, 1956, in Ese Odo, Ondo State, he recently passed away on December 27, 2023, after a prolonged battle with leukemia. 

Here are ten key aspects of his impactful life you should know; 

Educational background

 Akeredolu received his secondary education at Aquinas College, Loyola College, and Comprehensive High School before studying law at the University of Ife, graduating in 1977.

Legal career

Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978, Akeredolu later achieved the prestigious title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 1998 and served as President of the Nigerian Bar Association in 2008.

Law firm leadership

 Akeredolu co-founded the law firm of Olujinmi & Akeredolu, where he served as Managing Partner alongside Chief Akin Olujinmi.

Political Journey

 His political rise began as the Attorney General of Ondo State (1997–1999) and Chairman of the Legal Aid Council (2005–2006).

Governorship candidate

Declared the Ondo governorship candidate in 2020 under the APC, Akeredolu was known for adopting the title ‘Arakunrin’ instead of ‘Mr.’

Southwest Governors’ Chairman

As Ondo State Governor, he was elected chairman of Southwest Governors, showcasing his leadership in regional politics.

Election victories

Akeredolu won the keenly contested 2016 Ondo State gubernatorial election and was re-elected in October 2020, securing 15 out of 18 local governments. 

Reelection and swearing-in

Sworn in for a second term on February 24, 2021, Akeredolu, along with Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, continued to lead Ondo State.

National honour

In October 2022, he received the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) national honor from former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Health struggles

 Until Akeredolu’s death, he battled leukemia, undergoing treatment since January 2023. On December 12, 2023, he appointed Lucky Aiyedatiwa as acting governor due to another period of medical leave.

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Rotimi Akeredolu’s legacy extends beyond his political achievements, reflecting a life dedicated to law, leadership, and the people of Ondo State. His impact as a legal luminary and governor will be remembered, marking the end of an era in Nigerian politics. 

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